Our Top 5 Fascinating Ice Cream Facts

The invention of ice cream is as messy as ice cream itself.

Nobody is entirely certain of the origins of ice cream, but it may date as far back as54–68 AD when Roman Emperor Nero is said to have sent his slaves into the mountains to fetch snow to mix with nectar, fruit pulp, and honey, though this is not confirmed.

Other sources claim in 618–907 AD, China’s T’ang period, ice cream was probably a dish for the country’s rulers. The founder of the dynasty, King T’ang of Shang, kept 94 “ice men” on hand to lug ice to the palace to make a dish made of koumiss (heated, fermented milk), flour, and camphor.

Later, in the 1300s Marco Polo brought an early form of ice cream to Europe.

America loves ice cream!

87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any one time and the average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream each year!

It’s big in Italy too…

The largest ice cream cone measured 2.81 m (9 ft 2.63 in) in height and was produced by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy.

Vecchia and Andrighetti created the ice cream cone at a festival by Rimini Fiera in Rimini, Italy on January 11, 2012. The cone was made of wafer and covered with a 700 kg white chocolate cone then decorated with 2000 round wafer biscuits

But the scoops are bigger in the U.S.A

The record for the largest scoop of ice cream is held by Kemps Dairy in Wisconsin which they presented to the public at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival. The historic, strawberry flavoured serving tipped the scales at 1,365.31 kg (3,010 lb). and measured 5 ft, 6 in (1.67 m) tall and 6 ft, 2 in (1.88 m) wide, containing around 733 household containers of ice cream.

Thousands of festival goers gladly lined up to receive a generous portion of ice cream for free throughout the weekend!

Scooping ice cream is harder than you think

In 2007, Baskin-Robbins employee Mitch Cohen set the record for most ice cream cones prepared in one minute when he scooped 19 ice cream cones live on the Food Network TV show, breaking the previous record of 16 (also set by Mitch Cohen!).

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